Jennifer Risola, Dance Instructor
Jennifer Laura Risola has been teaching dance to students for over twenty years. She recently relocated to the area from CT after running and directing Norwalk Dance Academy for ten years where she taught ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acro, acting and creative movement. She started dancing in 1976 in New York and began student teaching under Rockette Cheryl Anderson at the young age of seventeen. In her sophomore year at Fairfield University, she founded the FU Dance Team and performed and choreographed for the FU Dance Ensemble. In 1995 she was awarded the Fairfield University Student Services Achievement Award for the foundation of the Fairfield University Dance Team. Recently, she has earned two choreography awards for her work (2014 Tap and 2007 Lyrical). Jennifer has been a student of Viola Farber and has taken classes with Mia Michaels, Frank Hatchett, Finish Jhung, Brenda Bufalino, and Tony Waag. She is certified by the Little Peoples Creative Workshop to teach creative movement in her children’s program. She has taught and choreographed locally at Dance Expressions (Lexington), Danceworld (Irmo), and for the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company (Columbia) at Fort Jackson. She graduated from Fairfield University with a double major in Communications and English and she has her Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. During the day, she is an 8th Grade ELA teacher. She has been with Rhythmics Performing Arts since 2012 and believes that teaching children to dance is teaching them more than just steps, but also discipline, respect, working with others and how to develop a passion.